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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Grants to Kentucky Producers, Tribes, and Landowners to
Implement Conservation Practices on Agricultural Lands

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Kentucky

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Grants to Kentucky agricultural producers, tribes, and owners of private forestland for projects that promote environmental quality and agricultural production as compatible outcomes. This program offers producers both financial and technical assistance for the implementation of structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

Environmental and Operational Benefits: National and State Priorities:

EQIP can provide financial and technical assistance to plan and design such measures as, but not limited to, the following:
- Grazing management: fencing, stock water systems, pasture planting, prescribed grazing plans
- Nutrient management: manure storage structures, planned nutrient applications, nutrient management plans
- Pest management: crop and pest monitoring activities
- Erosion control: grassed waterways, diversions, water and sediment control basins
- Wildlife habitat enhancement: stream buffers, upland wildlife habitat establishment
- Forestand management: forest stand improvement, brush management, forest management plans
- Energy conservation: seasonal high tunnels, building envelope improvement, energy management plans

These and the many other measures included in EQIP can help producers accomplish a variety of operational goals, which may include:
- Improvements to the long-term productivity and sustainability of an agricultural operation
- Improved condition of crops and forage for livestock
- Reduced costs for fuel, labor, fertilizers and pesticides
- Energy efficient systems and field operations
- Compliance with regulatory requirements

National Priorities:
- On-Farm Energy Initiative
- Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI)
- National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
- Organic Initiative
- High Tunnel System Initiative
- Edge of Field Monitoring

State Priorities:
- Wildlife Initiative
- Forestland Initiative
- Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative (SEKESH)
- Manure Management
- Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)
- Irrigation Water Management

For details on each of the above priority areas, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers/Ranchers, Military Veteran Farmers:

Kentucky is committed to reaching out to Historically Underserved individuals and groups. Historically Underserved participants may also receive higher payment rates in addition to being considered in high priority funding pools. See the Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page for the NRCS definition of the Historically Underserved:

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GrantWatch ID#: 169574

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.

Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Additional restrictions and program requirements may apply, but applicants must:

- Control or own eligible land
- Comply with adjusted gross income limitation (AGI) provisions
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements
- Develop an NRCS EQIP plan of operations

Notice to Applicants: Any conservation practice started prior to written contract approval will result in the ineligibility of that practice for EQIP assistance unless a waiver has been approved.

Pre-Application Information:

Kentucky Fiscal Year 2020 EQIP application batching cut off has been announced for March 6, 2020.

EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application batching "cut-off" or submission deadline dates for evaluation, ranking and approval of eligible applications. EQIP is open to all eligible agricultural producers and submitted applications may be considered or evaluated in multiple funding pool opportunities.

Conservation Plans:

Program applications are required to be supported by an NRCS approved conservation plan which provides documentation of the practices that could be used to address natural resource concerns. NRCS will develop and provide program applicants with an approved conservation plan. Producers may also apply for financial assistance to hire Technical Service Providers (TSP) to develop specialty plans called Conservation Activity Plans (CAP) to address certain land use activities or specific resource needs on your land. For more information, see the URL for Full Text link below.

For a list of Ranking Criteria documents based on Fund Accounts, see the URL for Full Text link below.

To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application to your local service center:

Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

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